VW reveals that it understated fuel usage of 800,000 cars sold in Europe

VW reveals that it understated fuel usage of 800,000 cars sold in Europe

In an announcement which deepens the crisis at bigwig German automaker Volkswagen (VW), the automaker revealed on Tuesday that fuel consumption of some of its vehicles sold in Europe had been understated.

According to the announcement, VW – which is already dealing with an emission-cheating scandal – said that it had understated the fuel usage of as many as 800,000 models which it sold in the European market.

Making the recent disclosure about the understated fuel usage on some models sold in Europe, VW said that the revelation represents an economic risk of approximately 2 billion euro ($2.19 billion) for the company.

The latest disclosure by VW about understated fuel consumption on some European models comes at a time when the automaker is carrying out an extensive review of its handling of all pollution-related issues. While disclosing that it had understated fuel usage on some models, VW also said that the majority of vehicles -- but not all vehicles -- in the latest fuel-efficiency disclosure are diesel vehicles.

Specifically, VW has revealed that carbon dioxide levels “and thus the fuel consumption figures for some models were set too low during the CO2 certification process;” and added: “The majority of the vehicles concerned have diesel engines.”

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